Anyone who lives or works in the Hobart area, or was visiting in the last week, is asked to be vigilant for COVID-19 symptoms after wastewater testing detected fragments of the virus in a sample taken from the Macquarie Point sewerage treatment plant in the Hobart area.
The sewerage treatment plant services the following suburbs:
- Battery Point
- Mount Stuart
- North Hobart
- Queens Domain
- Sandy Bay
- South Hobart
- West Hobart
This positive result is likely linked to the positive COVID-19 case who was diagnosed in Launceston last weekend, and is now staying at the Fountainside Hotel, Hobart.
It can also mean that, at the time the sample was collected, someone in the area was shedding the virus, which can occur for several weeks after recovery from COVID-19.
Testing is the best way to know if there is COVID-19 in the community. Everyone is asked to monitor their symptoms and book a test – even if their symptoms are mild –and stay at home or their accommodation until they get a negative result.
Read more about testing.
For those living, working or visiting the Hobart area, there is no need to change your routine or plans unless you have symptoms.
Public Health authorities are liaising with key organisations in the area, including the council, and will update the community if anything changes.
The other 15 wastewater samples for which results have been received this week have been negative. These include nine samples from the Launceston area.
The results for a further 14 samples, including nine more from sites in and around Launceston including Newnham, are scheduled to arrive by Saturday 9 October.
View the latest results.
Read about the Wastewater Testing Program.